Veteran ends long life with comfort, care at Duke Hospice

Dale Anderson, left, says her father got great care at Duke Hospice (WNCN)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Samie Anderson served in World War II, loved to cook, and lived more than 100 years. But the final months of his life are some his family is particularly grateful for, and thanks in part to Duke HomeCare and Hospice.

“Dad was a guy that never met a stranger,” said his daughter, Dale Anderson.

He served in World War II in the Pacific for four years. After the war, he became a master chef and worked at a seafood restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland.

He lived to the age of 107 and died in October.

The joy of cooking really was the way he served others,” his daughter said. “He just loved it!”

Samie Anderson lived most of his life in Baltimore and was a huge Orioles baseball fan. He moved to Durham to be close to his family in 2009, when he was 100 years old.

It wasn’t until last year, his daughter said, that his health declined.

That really changed his psyche quite a bit,” she said. “As a result that’s when we acquired the services of Hospice.”

Bringing on Duke Hospice didn’t mean the end, because Samie Anderson had another birthday and a new great-grandchild he wanted to meet.

“With Hospice coming on board in June, we were able to sustain his health – he enjoyed his 107th birthday,” Dale Anderson said.

“On Oct. 2, Brooke Carla Anderson was born and Dad got to embrace her and see her. And Dad chose to on Oct. 14, to go to heaven, and I believe he went in with a big smile.”

In addition to helping Samie Anderson and the entire Anderson family deal with the end of a great life, the folks at Duke Hospice were also able to give Sgt. Samie Anderson another honor. Duke Hospice volunteer Skip Young, a Navy veteran, was part of Duke Hospice’s veterans program, where veterans get a certificate honoring their service.

“We honor your service, we recognize that you would have given your life for your country if that were necessary and we thank you,” said Young.

It was an exciting and honorable end to an amazing life for Samie Anderson, thanks in part to doctors, nurses and volunteers at Duke Homecare and Hospice.

“Because of their services that allowed us to extend Dad’s life for at least three more months…what’s three more months? It’s everything!” Dale Anderson said.

Want more information or want to help? You can call Duke Hospice at 919-620-3853

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